WHSmith to recruit 3,000 in expansion

first_imgRetail group WHSmith is recruiting around 3,000 staff for a major storeopening programme. The chain is phasing in the jobs over the next three years as it expands itsnetwork with 120 new stores. Despite the current economic downturn, the company is adding new staff toits 20,000-strong workforce, creating the full spectrum of retail positions. Alex Nairn, people director at WHSmith, said, “It is very pleasing andit shows the confidence we have in the company. It also sends a clear messageto our staff that will boost morale.” The move goes ahead despite an 8 per cent drop in pre-tax profits this year,mainly due to a weak magazine market. The firm is also looking to branch out from its traditional offering byopening some stores away from the high street and including additional serviceslike coffee shops and video systems. The company will use a full range of recruitment methods to tackle the tightlabour market. “Recruiting in the retail market is challenging. There is lessunemployment so attracting people is all about your reputation as an employerand brand. “We are using lots of recruitment methods but primarily job centres andlocal press. For the type of work we are looking at we have also found thatword of mouth is a very powerful tool.” WHSmith to recruit 3,000 in expansionOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img